|EP by Jay-Z and Linkin Park|
|Released||November 30, 2004|
|Recorded||July 16—19, 2004|
|Genre||Nu metal, rap rock, hip hop|
|Label||Roc-A-Fella, Machine Shop, Warner Bros., Def Jam|
|Linkin Park chronology|
|Singles from Collision Course|
Collision Course is a CD/DVD set released on November 30, 2004 by rapper Jay-Z and nu metal band Linkin Park. It went to #1 on the Billboard 200. As of August 2009, it has sold 1,934,000 copies in the United States alone.
The CD contains six tracks, mashups between songs by both artists.
The DVD contains behind-the-scenes new footage of the making of the album, as well as the second take of all of the Collision Course songs at The Roxy Theatre on July 18, 2004. Also included are the five scenes from the concert shown on MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups and a picture gallery.
The album's first single, "Numb/Encore", achieved great airplay on the charts, and stayed on 6 months after its release. "Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer" was also released to the radio in the US, but was never featured on the Billboard Charts - the videos for both that track and "Jigga What/Faint" were also seen on Kerrang! TV in the UK. "Izzo/In the End" was also heavily promoted on the official Linkin Park websites.
The network allowed Jay-Z to choose a group or artist for the mash-up. Jay contacted Shinoda, who began experimenting with mixing the tracks before sending some examples to him. As a result, Jay-Z began working with Shinoda through email.
The two decided that instead of combining the existing tracks for the live performance on MTV, they wanted to re-work and re-record parts of the songs to make them fit better. Shinoda explains, "Jay and I realized it's better to re-perform the rap vocals if you're gonna do it to a new beat because the vibe changes and you have to deliver your verse a little differently." Shinoda asked his bandmates to re-record instrumental and vocal tracks as well, and ultimately both parties decided they wanted to release the studio tracks.
A year after the release of Collision Course, Jay-Z was the executive producer on Mike Shinoda's solo effort Fort Minor's The Rising Tied. Also, the song "High Road" from the same record talks about how some critics called Collision Course a fluke.
This album was also made in an edited/censored version.
|1.||"Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from You"||S. Carter, T. Mosley, Linkin Park||4:05|
|2.||"Big Pimpin'/Papercut"||S. Carter, T. Mosley, K. Joshua, Linkin Park||2:36|
|3.||"Jigga What/Faint"||S. Carter, J. Burks, T. Mosley, Linkin Park||3:38|
|4.||"Numb/Encore"||Linkin Park, S. Carter, K. West||3:25|
|5.||"Izzo/In the End"||S. Carter, K. West, B. Gordy, A. Mizell, F. Perren, D. Richards, Linkin Park||2:45|
|6.||"Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer"||Linkin Park, S. Carter, R. Rubin, N. Landsberg, F. Pappalardi, J. Ventura, L. Weinstein, W. Squier, T. Morrow, A. Henderson||4:56|
Before Jay-Z came on stage, Linkin Park played a small set of songs. After they finished the Collision Course songs, they had to play all six again, due to MTV's malfunction with the stage lighting. The performances on the DVD are from the second take, while the music video for "Numb/Encore" is from the first take. The "Hip-Hop Medley" from this show appears on Linkin Park's 4th annual fan club CD. A shortened version of "It's Goin' Down" from the medley can be found on the DVD. At the start of the live show on the DVD, the amount of sweat can be observed on the band members - Phoenix's entire shirt is soaked, showing that they had played more than just a few songs at that point.
|Swedish Albums Chart||9|
|Canadian Albums Chart||6|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||3|
|U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums||3|
|UK Albums Chart||15|
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